She succeeds Marc Gauthier, who was named the board's director of education in June. The former director of education, Pierre Riopel, is the new president of Collège Boréal.
Coincidentally, Breault is also the wife of Laurentian University president Dominic Giroux, who congratulated her on her new job in a Facebook post.
“Very proud of my better half Barbara, a Laurentian alumna, who has been appointed as superintendent of education with the French Public Board CSPGNO,” he said.
Breault was previously the principal of St-Dominique elementary school in Sudbury. Over the course of her career, Breault served as a teacher from grades 1-6, a resource teacher for special education, language planning and French language development, and thereafter as a principal in five French elementary schools.
Breault has also worked on wide-reaching issues such as identity building and the implementation of new ministerial standards for special education. She has sat on many system committees, such as collective agreement negotiations, educational leadership and educational field trips.
She was a member of the local executive of the AEFO, Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (French teachers’ union) and the ADFO, Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (principals’ and vice-principals’ association).
Originally from New Liskeard, Breault has a bachelor's degree in art and a bachelor's degree in education from Laurentian University and an master's degree in education from the University of Ottawa.
She has specialist qualifications in special education and French as a second language, as well as a supervisor’s certificate. She will begin her new position Sept. 16, 2013.
“CSPGNO is very pleased to welcome Ms. Breault into its administrative team,” a press release from the school board said.
“Given her vast knowledge of the field of education, her contagious energy and her strong leadership skills, CSPGNO is certain that Ms. Breault will move issues forward while bringing a unique perspective and valuable contributions to the CSPGNO administrative team."